Artist Dick Frizzell along with poet Sam Hunt team up to aid whales

'One for the Whales' -by Dick Frizzell, & inspired by Sam Hunt's poem. (photo)

‘One for the Whales’ -by Dick Frizzell, & inspired by Sam Hunt’s poem. (photo)

‘One for the Whales’ is the first print in the series, that will be sold to raise funds for a proposed National Whale Centre in Marlborough.

The Screenprint by Dick Frizzell was inspired Sam Hunts poem, ‘The Harpooner’s Song.’

Other artists who will be submitting art work for this cause are: New Zealand artists -Robin White, John Walsh, John Pule, Greg O’Brien, and Australian artist Fiona Hall.

An article on stuff.co.nz said this about the proposed Whale Centre:

The whale centre planned for Picton will tell the story of New Zealand’s whaling history in the Marlborough Sounds and promote the conservation of whales and dolphins through information, research and exhibitions.

Read more here – on Voxy and Stuff.

 

Narani Henson – Another persons trash is another ones treasure, voice, purpose.

Works by Narani Henson

‘My Plastic Beach’ by Narani Henson (picture)

Narani Henson uses marine plastic or plastic detritus, also known as ‘beach booty’ to draw attention to issues around waste and pollution.

She was born in New Zealand in 1976 where a love for the ocean was instilled in her at an early age. A keen surfer, avid collector and environmental artist she sees herself as a ‘custodian of the sea’. With the help of local marine conservation organisation Positive Change For Marine Life she collects marine plastic and turns it into evocative artworks. (Read more – sourced from here)

I found these thoughts from the artist at common ground, Byron Bay-Australia. You can read more from her here as well. I definitely recommend it!

“Do you know that 2.4 million pounds of plastic is estimated to enter the worlds ocean every hour? Which is 1089 tons of plastic!  When I first learnt of the huge volume of plastic pouring into the Worlds ocean’s I have to admit I became very emotional. Our global environment is facing significant risks from pollution which has been created through over-consumption and thoughtless waste disposal by us.

I am working on the process of recycling marine plastic by transforming it into ‘something else’. Through the presentation of my work I hope to highlight the amount of plastic in our ocean in an attempt to comment on the effects resulting from the by-products of our consumer society, I hope to draw people’s attention to the deeper meaning it conveys. I think like any global issue it can feel over whelming and too big to make a difference. But I made the conscience decision to do my part… think local act global, every little bit counts, just like organisations like “Positive change for marine life”, “My Two hands” and “Take three”, I started to take responsibility for my beach by picking up marine plastic and rubbish”. – Narani Henson

Don Binney

Sadly on 14th September 2012, this well-known New Zealand artist passed away.

He had a special connection with the land & was able to depict this beautifully in his work.

The Diversion Gallery wrote this about Binney:

Don Binney needs little introduction to art lovers – or the New Zealand public – so distinctive are his iconic paintings and drawings of birds and landforms. In a career spanning more than 40 years, his commitment to ornithology, environmental issues and spiritual connection with the land has driven his art practice. (sourced from here)

And these pieces are from a story on Stuff.co.nz that was written remembering the artists life after he had passed away.

“Judy Hanbury said Binney’s love of the environment was rooted in his boyhood. He saw his first shining cuckoo in Kohimarama and never lost the joy of hearing the first one of spring.

That love would feed into his conservation efforts that saw him engage with many trusts dedicated to protecting New Zealand’s flora and fauna.” (Source: Stuff)

View some of his paintings here.